The highly anticipated summer networking event for the APAI took place at Smock Alley Theatre & Venue on July 8th. Guests arrived to relax in the beautiful surrounds of the building while enjoying a delicious selection of cheese, grapes, crackers, quince and tasty beverages.
After a warm welcome from Fiona (Zoom In) and the APAI chairperson Rosanne Reilly in the Main Space, Donal Courtney from the Gaiety School of Acting demonstrated a number of exercises, skills and communication that actors use, which can be applied in the corporate world. Donal got us up on our feet, moving around, making friends and enemies, and taught us all about how to ‘connect and enquire’ when we are communicating with others – hopefully some of you have had a chance to put what you learned into practice!
We then moved onto the stunning Banquet Hall, where top international model – Alison Canavan – brought us on the journey of how she got to where she is today. She opened up about her battle with depression and told how she carried on for years without addressing her mental health. She explained how making small changes every day have positively impacted her performance and how she is more open to opportunities now. Alison also gave us a great insight into how she now enjoys her life, the work she does, time she gets to spend with her family and also the importance of fitness and diet. We all took part in a meditation exercise, which was very relaxing! Alison also gave away some fantastic healthy prizes.
Next we heard from Aaron Devine of Deliveroo, who talked us through how you can save time and energy and take the hassle out of ordering quality food to the office. He explained how you can choose from a range of Dublin’s best restaurants and get great food delivered to your desk in just a few clicks on www.deliveroo.ie. Great news is that they will be starting up in Cork in September.
Mick Steele of Roomex told us all about Roomex for Business, an innovative hotel booking system designed especially for corporate travel. Roomex is a free service, there is no cost or contract involved nor any ongoing fees and it is based on 4 Key Pillars including:
Cost Savings – measured savings of 21%
Time Savings – throughout the booking and billing process
Live Reporting – full visibility on spend
Duty of Care – know where your staff are at any time. Useful for any accommodation requirements you have.
Conor Byrne, Events Manager at Smock Alley finished off the event with a pop quiz where some fantastic prizes were up for grabs. Networking followed with a selection of drinks, delicious canapés and macaroons thanks to Smock Alley.
Prizes for restaurants, weekends away and theatre tickets were generously presented and everyone walked away with goodybags thanks to Alison, with healthy natural supplements and Deliveroo vouchers inside.
A huge thank you to everybody who made this event happen and to our sponsors!
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About Smock Alley
One of Dublin’s most unique and visually stunning spaces, Smock Alley was the first Theatre Royal built and opened in 1662 in Dublin. All spaces in Smock Alley Theatre are available for commercial or private hire, and are a popular venue choice for gala dinners, launch events, seminars, conferences, training days, weddings, private functions and all theatre, dance and music events.
See you at the next one,
Fiona & Aisling